Artists and Textile Designers alike seek inspiration from Australian life mostly from our iconic native Flora and Fauna
So unique is Australian Flora that 80 percent of it is native to our continent. Of native Australian Fauna, 71% of mammal and bird species, 88% of reptile species and 94% of amphibian species are endemic to our land.
Next State is based in the suburb of Abbotsford, sitting on the land of the Wurundjeri people. Situated against the Yarra River we have only to take a short stroll and see a variety of Gum, Eucalypts and Banksia while native birds whistle and warble in the background. Surrounded by nature we are faced with the stark reminder of the borrowed and shared land we exist on.
Bringing native elements to the forefront of design first of all reminds us of the important role they play in our life, as we enjoy the visual and sentimental stimulation they bring us. That role must extend to protect and conserve furthermore so future generations can celebrate them also.
The Next State Artwork Library celebrates Australian native species in print design.
Sleepy Koala by Thistle and Fox
Blue Wren by Thistle and Fox
Eucalyptus Gumnuts Duck-egg Blue by Thistle and Fox
Golden Honeybees Close Together by Thistle and Fox
Gumnuts Silver Blue Bright Red Blossoms by Thistle and Fox
Australian Botanical Blue by Amanda Laing
Gum Leaves by Amanda Laing
Silver Princess Gum by Amanda Laing
Koala by Kelly Kratzing
Tas Devil by Kelly Kratzing
Black Cockatoo by Kelly Kratzing
Australia by Mel Armstrong
Birb Pattern on White by Fancy Lady Industries
Cassowary Camo in Emerald by The Indigo Room
Forest Song by Annammo
Sharks Blue by Angie Hollister
Tas Tiger 1 by Ellie Whittaker
Rainbow Trout Coral by Emily Wills